PEF Grants

Duke Energy Grants

Polk Education Foundation received $40,000 in funding from DUKE Energy!  Funding was combined with funds from the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program awarding 17 grants totaling $50,000.  In addition, 22 teachers received professional development in the areas of Energy, Environment, or Engineering.  Along with the training teachers also received materials to implement concepts in their classrooms. Since 2006 Duke Energy has invested over $685,000 in Polk’s teachers and students.  Thank you, Nancy Dodd and DUKE Energy!

Duke Energy Schools

Alta Vista Elementary
Alturas Elementary
Babson Park Elementary (LWCharter)
Ben Hill Griffin, Jr. Elementary
Bethune Academy
Bella Citta Elementary
Bok Academy South (LWCharter)
Bok Academy North (LWCharter)
Boone Middle School
Daniel Jenkins Academy
Davenport High School
Davenport School of the Arts
Davenport Elementary
Dundee Elementary
Dundee Ridge Middle
Eastside Elementary
Frostproof Elementary
Frostproof Middle/Senior
International Baccalaureate
Haines City High School
Hillcrest Elementary (LWCharter)
Horizons Elementary
Janie Howard Wilson Elementary (LWCharter)
Lake Wales High School (LWCharter)
Laurel Elementary
Lake Marion Creek
Loughman Oaks Elementary
McLaughlin Middle
Our Children’s Academy (Charter)
Palmetto Elementary
Polk Avenue Elementary (LWCharter)
Ridge Community High School
Roosevelt Academy
Sandhill Elementary
Spook Hill Elementary

2021-2022 Press Release – DUKE Energy

For Immediate Release:

Contact:
Shannan Combee
Polk Education Foundation
Phone: 863-534-0519 x609
Fax: 863-519-3791
shannan.combee@polk-fl.net

Polk Education Foundation receives $40,000 from Duke Energy!

With Duke’s $40,000 and additional funds from State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program, the Polk Education Foundation awarded 17 grants totaling $50,000 in grant funds. Grants focused around the topics of the environment, engineering, or energy education.  Funding was divided into two categories.  The first portion awarded schools funding for classroom specific science/engineering programs. The second portion of funding provided professional development and related materials.  Two engineering focused trainings were offered. The first professional development session focused on designing a response to a pandemic outbreak.  The second training, focused on designing windmills. Teachers attending training received a materials kit and teacher manual to implement lessons in their classroom. Twenty-two teachers participated in professional development to increase engagement in their classrooms.

 

Each classroom grant awarded schools up to $3,000 to purchase materials used to enhance learning in the focus areas of the environment, engineering or energy education.  This grant program, now in its sixteenth year, is sponsored by DUKE Energy (formerly Progress Energy) and is administered by the Polk Education Foundation.  It has returned over $685,000 to classrooms in the DUKE Energy service area.  As a result of DUKE Energy’s commitment to education, these schools are making great strides to increase students’ scores and enrich the learning process in fourth through twelfth grade.

 

A few highlighted projects: Babson Park Elementary 4th and 5th grade students visiting the STEM lab weekly to explore topics such the flow of energy through hands-on activities. Polk Avenue Elementary students are “Getting Real with Virtual Reality”, using technology as an additional layer to visit places and careers related to engineering.   Lake Wales High School engineering teacher is growing an Engineering Academy where students are using industry trainers to teach students the importance of measuring, interpreting and analyzing data collected. Students have a chance to leave high school with an Applied Engineering Associated Degree at no cost to the student. Palmetto Elementary’s focus is on pollinators, hydroponic gardening, and beyond.  Students will connect Earth to our solar system.  We are anticipating great stories of student engagment and interest in the environment, engineering or energy education!

 

Congratulations to the following schools:

Babson Park Elementary Lake Wales High School
Berkley Elementary Lewis Anna Woodbury Elementary
Bok Academy North McLaughlin Middle
Bok Academy South Palmetto Elementary
Citrus Ridge Academy Polk Avenue Elementary
Daniel Jenkins Academy REAL Academy – Dwight Smith
Davenport Elementary Ridgeview Global Studies Academy
Dundee Ridge Middle Roosevelt Academy
Janie Howard Wilson

 

Picture 1  Professional Development PD Containing a Virus (Attached)

Picture 2  Professional Development Virus Model (attached)

 

The Polk Education Foundation is a direct support 501(c)(3) organization for the Polk County School Board and raises funds to support school programs for which tax generated dollars may not be used. For more information about the Foundation, please visit our website at www.polkeducationfoundation.org.

 

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School Matching Grant

Polk Education Foundation awarded $30,000 in School Matching Grants to 4 schools!

2021-2022 School Matching Grant funding received through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations as part of the School District Education Foundation Matching grant Program,  is open to all public and charter schools in Polk County and requires schools to solicit and acquire new funds from a private or community donor with the promise of a dollar for dollar match up to $3,000 per grant. What a great way to connect and engage community members with local schools.

Press Release

For Immediate Release – January 18, 2022

For More Information Contact:

Susan Copeland 863-534-0519 or susan.copeland@polk-fl.net

 

Local Education Foundation Receives State Matching Grant Funds …

 

The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (Consortium) recently awarded Polk Education Foundation $213,233 in matching funds through the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.  Funding touches a variety of programs offered through the PEF.

 

AmeriCorps Polk Reads received $96,120 to support its reading tutoring program. Members provide one-on-one reading tutoring to kindergarten – 3rd grade public school students at selected school sites each year. During the 2021-2022 school year, AmeriCorps Polk Reads members are tutoring 349 students providing over 28,000 hours of service free to our community valued at over $716,000! The selected students received three, thirty-minute, one-on-one tutoring sessions per week. These sessions target the five components of effective reading instruction phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, reading fluency and reading comprehension strategies.

 

The STEaMing up Polk Schools! Grant program received $40,000 which was offered to schools in the form of grants. All K-12 public and charter schools had the opportunity to write a grant that would enhance STEM instruction at their school. Another $15,000 was dedicated for the School Matching Funds Grant program. This program invites schools to leverage funds from the community with the promise of a dollar-for-dollar match for programs that increase literacy, enhance STEM education, support low-performers, increase teaching quality, and or support career/technical education. An additional $10,000 supported Grants for Great Ideas.

 

$25,000 supported to the Teacher-to-Teacher Idea Connection (T2T) program. The T2T is a mini-grant program which seeks out teachers that have developed and successfully used innovative teaching practices in their classrooms. As part of a layered network designed to improve student achievement, teachers have the opportunity to apply for an Adapter grant to replicate a program that would benefit their students.

 

The Free Teacher Market received $27,113. Teachers have the opportunity to shop for school supplies, incentives, organizational tools, and much more without spending any money out of their own pockets. This school year over 1,000 teachers have shopped.

 

Through the collaborative effort of its members, the Consortium successfully advocated for the creation of legislative matching funds in 2000 which has provided a dollar-for-dollar incentive for local education foundations to raise private contributions for eligible projects. Since then, more than $114 million in combined private and state dollars has been employed for local projects that serve low-performing students and literacy initiatives, encourage STEM and career/ technical education, improve teaching quality, and/or increase graduation rates.

 Pictures (attached)

AmeriCorps Polk Reads Kathleen AmeriCorpsMember2

STEaMing Up Polk! LWHS_EnginCanCrusher1

School Matching Grant Outdoor STEM Play1

Free Teacher Market Shopper 2

Teacher to Teacher Program CLEl_Ozobots2

Grants for Great Ideas  StudentsMeasuringTransferredPlants

 

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The Consortium is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations. Established in 1987, the Consortium maximizes the individual and collective strength of Florida local education foundations to support local partners and schools in achieving student success. The Consortium now has 66 member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members. Collectively, they raise $83 million annually to support students, teachers and schools through a variety of programs. The Consortium has facilitated more than $56 million to local education foundations since 2002 through various private- and public-sector partnerships, including the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.

 

To learn more about the Consortium and the statewide impact of the program, visit educationfoundationsfl.org.

STEAMing Up Polk Schools! Grant

Polk Education Foundation awarded $30,000 in School Matching Grants to 4 schools!

2021-2022 School Matching Grant funding received through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations as part of the School District Education Foundation Matching grant Program,  is open to all public and charter schools in Polk County and requires schools to solicit and acquire new funds from a private or community donor with the promise of a dollar for dollar match up to $3,000 per grant. What a great way to connect and engage community members with local schools

Press Release

For Immediate Release – January 18, 2022

For More Information Contact:

Susan Copeland 863-534-0519 or susan.copeland@polk-fl.net

 

Local Education Foundation Receives State Matching Grant Funds …

 

The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (Consortium) recently awarded Polk Education Foundation $213,233 in matching funds through the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.  Funding touches a variety of programs offered through the PEF.

 

AmeriCorps Polk Reads received $96,120 to support its reading tutoring program. Members provide one-on-one reading tutoring to kindergarten – 3rd grade public school students at selected school sites each year. During the 2021-2022 school year, AmeriCorps Polk Reads members are tutoring 349 students providing over 28,000 hours of service free to our community valued at over $716,000! The selected students received three, thirty-minute, one-on-one tutoring sessions per week. These sessions target the five components of effective reading instruction phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, reading fluency and reading comprehension strategies.

 

The STEaMing up Polk Schools! Grant program received $40,000 which was offered to schools in the form of grants. All K-12 public and charter schools had the opportunity to write a grant that would enhance STEM instruction at their school. Another $15,000 was dedicated for the School Matching Funds Grant program. This program invites schools to leverage funds from the community with the promise of a dollar-for-dollar match for programs that increase literacy, enhance STEM education, support low-performers, increase teaching quality, and or support career/technical education. An additional $10,000 supported Grants for Great Ideas.

 

$25,000 supported to the Teacher-to-Teacher Idea Connection (T2T) program. The T2T is a mini-grant program which seeks out teachers that have developed and successfully used innovative teaching practices in their classrooms. As part of a layered network designed to improve student achievement, teachers have the opportunity to apply for an Adapter grant to replicate a program that would benefit their students.

 

The Free Teacher Market received $27,113. Teachers have the opportunity to shop for school supplies, incentives, organizational tools, and much more without spending any money out of their own pockets. This school year over 1,000 teachers have shopped.

 

Through the collaborative effort of its members, the Consortium successfully advocated for the creation of legislative matching funds in 2000 which has provided a dollar-for-dollar incentive for local education foundations to raise private contributions for eligible projects. Since then, more than $114 million in combined private and state dollars has been employed for local projects that serve low-performing students and literacy initiatives, encourage STEM and career/ technical education, improve teaching quality, and/or increase graduation rates.

 Pictures (attached)

AmeriCorps Polk Reads Kathleen AmeriCorpsMember2

STEaMing Up Polk! LWHS_EnginCanCrusher1

School Matching Grant Outdoor STEM Play1

Free Teacher Market Shopper 2

Teacher to Teacher Program CLEl_Ozobots2

Grants for Great Ideas  StudentsMeasuringTransferredPlants

 

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The Consortium is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations. Established in 1987, the Consortium maximizes the individual and collective strength of Florida local education foundations to support local partners and schools in achieving student success. The Consortium now has 66 member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members. Collectively, they raise $83 million annually to support students, teachers and schools through a variety of programs. The Consortium has facilitated more than $56 million to local education foundations since 2002 through various private- and public-sector partnerships, including the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.

 

To learn more about the Consortium and the statewide impact of the program, visit educationfoundationsfl.org.

AT&T Full STEAM Ahead for Florida’s Future Grant

2021-2022 AT&T Full STEAM Ahead for Florida’s Future Grant funded one $5,000 grant through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF). The intention of AT&T is to engage students who may have fallen behind during the pandemic as well as those in underserved communities, families needing support with distance learning and high school students seeking to jump start their STEM careers through industry certifications.

Mulberry High School’s project, recycling Plastic to Product provides students with the tools, equipment, and training to design, mill, and mold a manufactured product from recycled plastic they collect. Participating students are enrolled in the engineering program at Mulberry Senior High School studying general engineering principles and engineering careers.

2021 – 2022 ATT Press Release

For Immediate Release:

 For more information contact:

Susan Copeland 863-534-0519 or Susana.copeland@polk-fl.net

Mary Chance 352-338-0250 or marychance@cfef.net

 

 

Polk Education Foundation Receives AT&T Full STEAM Ahead for Florida’s Future

Grant to Fund Learning Innovation

 

Students at Mulberry High School will benefit from a statewide investment by AT&T this year, one that seeks to engage students who may have fallen behind during the pandemic as well as those in underserved communities, families needing support with distance learning and high school students seeking to jump start their STEM careers through industry certifications.

 

For the 12th consecutive year, AT&T is working with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (Consortium) to support hands-on learning opportunities. 19 separate projects organized and funded through Consortium member local education foundations will re-engage students who have gotten behind in academics and/or are in underserved communities through hands-on STEAM enrichment activities, student-led digital divide support or increasing CTE certification completion.

 

Mulberry High School’s Engineering teacher, Todd Thuma, received funding for his project “Recycling Plastic to Product”.  This project provides students with the tools, equipment, and training to design, mill, and mold a manufactured product from recycled plastic they collect. Participating students are enrolled in the engineering program at Mulberry Senior High School studying general engineering principles and engineering careers. In the process, they learn about computer-aided design and the basics of manufacturing. Using Solidworks, students learn to design parts in that CAD software and work towards an industry certification, the Certified Solidworks Associate exam, CSWA.

 

The journey will also explore and educate students about plastics as a product and as a source of waste.  The history of plastic and types of plastic will be learned along the way with an emphasis on the ethics of engineering design and solutions to the plastic problem.  Essential to the project is measuring student attitudes, their understanding of engineering design, and their knowledge of manufacturing processes. Students will be surveyed about their use of plastic and attitudes about plastic.  Students will confront issues surrounding single use plastic and possible solutions. Over time, these attitudes and actions will be resurveyed to see if any changes have been made. Mr. Thuma is working with other academies at the school to see how new knowledge can be shared and utilized.

 

“We’re eager to re-engage students who may have fallen behind over the past year by providing opportunities for them to experience the relevance of STEM curriculum in the world of work, through hands-on learning and career certification programs,” said Joe York, President, AT&T Florida. “We’ve all learned how important it is to make sure families in underserved communities have support for digital learning at home so their children have the opportunity to accelerate their education, and we’re interested in supporting local efforts in that area as well.”

 

This year’s statewide grant brings the total investment by AT&T over eleven years to more than $1 million. More than 79,000 students have been directly impacted through 469 projects involving 954 local workplace partners throughout Florida.

Picture: from left to right – Todd Thuma, Engineering students, Matt Mucci -AT&T rep     PXL_20211214_160827603 (attached)

 

 

About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T

AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. The company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $500 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.

About the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations:

 

The Consortium is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations. Established in 1987, the Consortium connects individuals, organizations, and financial resources to build the capacity and effectiveness of Florida’s local education foundations. Together, Consortium members raise more than $83 million annually for a variety of locally driven initiatives and are led by 1,200 board members, 80% of whom are local business and community leaders working in partnership with school district leaders. The Consortium manages the nation’s only 1:1 legislative match for education foundation initiatives and a variety of privately funded grant programs. To learn more about the Consortium or connect with any member local education foundation, visit https://educationfoundationsfl.org.

 

About Polk Education Foundation

The Polk Education Foundation is a direct support 501(c)(3) organization for the Polk County School Board and raises funds to support school programs for which tax generated dollars may not be used. For more information about the Foundation, please visit our website at www.polkeducationfoundation.org.

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Suncoast Credit Union Grant

Suncoast Credit Union is proud to invest in education in Polk County. In 2020-2021, the Suncoast Credit Union grant awarded two $5,000 grants to meet any need at the school site. Citrus Ridge Academy purchased iPads for third graders to have tools to practice research-based programs to reinforce their learning.  Philip O’Brien used funds to enhance third through fifth-grade science and reading by adding science tools to develop a strong foundation of student conceptual science understanding. They purchased science tools and nonfiction science books.

2020-2021 Press Release

For Immediate Release:

Contact:
Susan Copeland
Polk Education Foundation
863-534-0434
Fax 863-519-3791
susana.copeland@polk-fl.net

Re: Suncoast Credit Union invested $25,000 in Polk

The Polk Education Foundation received $25,000 in funding from Suncoast Credit Union. Funds supported a variety of programs and initiatives offered through the Foundation.

AmeriCorps Polk Reads is a reading tutoring program for struggling kindergarten – third-grade readers in select schools in Polk County. Our members provided three, 30-minute, one-on-one tutoring sessions per week to over 400 students who are behind in reading. These sessions target the five components of effective reading instruction (phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, reading fluency, and reading comprehension strategies) and work to move students up in their reading levels. Americorps Polk Reads received $6,000 to support this critical endeavor.

With the cost of college becoming even more expensive, students are depending on scholarships to help make attending college an option. As part of the many scholarships awarded through Polk Education Foundation, two fortunate
students will each receive a $2,000 Suncoast Scholar Award offered by Suncoast Credit Union to help offset the cost of attending college.

Suncoast Credit Union also invested funds, time, and energy into the Free Teacher Market. Funding was used to purchase much-needed school supplies to help Erase the Need for students. Teachers were able to pick up school supplies free of
charge for their students and classrooms. The employees at Suncoast Credit Union also hosted a supply drive putting even more supplies into the hands of students. Suncoast Credit Union also sponsored the tote bags that teachers filled while shopping in the Free Teacher Market.

Last but not least, two schools each received $5,000 for a need at their school. Citrus Ridge: A Civics Academy used grant funds to bridge the digital divide for third graders. By utilizing online digital research-based programs, students will have the extra support to grow academically. Philip O’Brien Elementary used grant funds to include more hands-on science/STEM materials for students to interact with while learning the state standards of science. Suncoast Credit Union is a champion for learning in Polk!

Picture 1 “5.jpg” AmeriCorps Member working on sight words with one of her students

Picture 2 “PXL_20210114_201015039.jpg” Teachers who shopped at the Free Teacher Market

About Suncoast Credit Union
Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the ninth-largest in the United States based on membership, and the 10th largest in the United States based on its $12.6 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 74 full-service branches and serves more than 928,000 members in the following 39 Florida counties: Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, and Volusia. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $32 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education, and emotional wellbeing of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit: suncoastcreditunion.com or follow us on social media at: facebook.com/SuncoastCreditUnion, linkedin.com/company/suncoastcreditunion, twitter.com/SuncoastCU, or instagram.com/suncoastcreditunion.

About Polk Education Foundation
The Polk Education Foundation is direct support 501(c)(3) organization for the Polk County School Board and raises funds to support school programs for which tax-generated dollars may not be used. For more information about the Foundation, please visit our website at www.polkeducationfoundation.org

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